Watch Thanos Flaunt His Infinity Gauntlet in Footage from the AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Announcement; Film Is the “Culmination” of the MCU

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This morning, Marvel Studios broke a lot of news during a presentation to press and VIPs.  While we’ve covered the big announcements, we haven’t yet been able to actually see what was shown to the people in attendance.  However, video has now surfaced of the short teaser announcement for Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Part II, which shows the villainous Thanos wielding the colorful Infinity Gauntlet—the key to his power that sets the Infinity War storyline into motion.  Additionally, in a new press release Marvel has revealed a tiny bit about the two-part Infinity War event film, saying it’s “the culmination of everything that has come before.”

Hit the jump to watch the Thanos Infinity War video and to see what Marvel has to say about the films.

THOR: RAGNAROK Set for Release on July 28, 2017; Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston Returning

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Marvel Studios made some big announcements today during its fan event, one of which is the confirmation of the Thor 3 title and release date.  The studio announced that Thor: Ragnarok will open in theaters on July 28, 2017, with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston confirmed to reprise their roles as the God of Thunder and his tricky brother Loki, respectively.  Moreover, in introducing the film, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said it’s the key movie in the studio’s Phase Three, as it takes place directly after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.  So what is a “Rangarok”, you might ask?  Find out after the jump.

Two-Part AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Announced for May 2018 and May 2019

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Thanos.  Is.  Coming.  During Marvel’s massive news dump for its fan event today, the studio announced that Avengers 3 will be two-part team-up story arc that will rival Warner Bros.’ two-part Justice League adaptationAvengers: Infinity War Part I arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War Part II opens on May 3, 2019.  Ever since the big purple alien Thanos showed up at the end of The Avengers, fans have been wondering when he’d finally wreak havoc on the team of superheroes.  Most assumed he’d pop up in The Avengers 2, until Marvel opted to use Ultron as that film’s villain.  Josh Brolin filled the role of Thanos in what was essentially a cameo role in Guardians of the Galaxy, but even then he really didn’t have much to do.

Nevertheless, patience is a virtue, as we now have an arrival date for when this very, very bad guy will cause trouble for the Avengers team, and it’s gonna take two whole movies for him to be vanquished.  More on the Avengers Infinity War movies after the jump.

Official Synopsis for AGENT CARTER Teases Secret Missions for Howard Stark

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Marvel has released the lengthy official synopsis for its second foray into television, Agent Carter.  The initial logline revealed that the show takes place in 1946 and sees Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter character navigating the male-dominated world of the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) following the end of the war while also mourning the loss of Steve Rogers.  This new synopsis adds that Carter turns to Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) after she’s stuck doing administrative work for the SSR.  Stark enlists Peggy’s help when he is framed for selling his deadliest weapons to the highest bidder, and he sets his butler Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy) to assist her as she attempts to track down those responsible.  This “desk clerk by day, spy by night” hook appears to be the central conceit of the show, but the synopsis also teases an overall arc as Peggy begins to find that those she works for are not who they seem.

Read the full lengthy Agent Carter synopsis after the jump.  The show also stars Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokai, and Shea WhighamAgent Carter debuts on ABC in 2015, likely during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s midseason break.

Enter Our Halloween Giveaway and Win a DC Collectibles Prize Pack Plus a Joker Mask Set

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All Hallows Eve is fast approaching, and in anticipation of the holiday we here at Collider have been provided with a pair of prize packs to give away to two luck readers.  The grand prize winner will receive a Joker mask set from the Death of the Family Batman comic plus one of each of the following DC collectibles from the Crime Syndicate and Suicide Squad lines: Ultraman, Deathstorm, Superwoman, Power Ring, and Deadshot.  And second place winner will receive the Joker mask set, which includes the mask and a copy of Batman Volume 3: Death of the Family. Find out how you can enter the giveaway after the jump.

Watch the Entire JUDGE DREDD: SUPERFIEND Miniseries Online Now

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We’ve been teasing the animated Judge Dredd miniseries Judge Dredd: Superfiend for a few weeks now, and it’s finally online for all to see.  Written and directed by The Junquera Brothers, the miniseries contains elements of the Dark Judges story arc, and it’s done in the tradition of Saturday morning cartoons.  It was also produced by Adi Shankar, who produced the 2012 film Dredd starring Karl Urban, so there’s a bit of connective tissue to that take as well.  The miniseries is an unofficial production in the vein of Shankar’s other independent ventures, the Punisher short Dirty Laundry and the Venom short Truth in Journalism.

Hit the jump to watch all six episodes of Judge Dredd: Superfiend.

Benedict Cumberbatch In Talks to Lead Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE

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Marvel Studios has finally found its next superhero.  The studio has been developing an adaptation of the mystical comic Doctor Strange for some time, and finally put the project on the front burner earlier this year when they hired Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) to direct.  The next order of business was filling the lead role, and while Marvel’s string of successes might lead you to believe finding an actor to be the next Marvel star would be easy, it turned out to be some tricky business.  Joaquin Phoenix entered into a protracted negotiation process to fill the role, but at the last minute he walked away from the project, likely uncomfortable with the kind of windfall that comes from accepting such a role (ie. contract options, press commitments, sequels, etc.).

The studio went back to the drawing board once Phoenix walked away, looking at a number of different actors for the part, but now it appears that the actor who may be filling the role is somewhat of a familiar face in relation to Doctor Strange: Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch.  More after the jump.

FAULT IN OUR STARS Scribes to Pen James Franco’s THE ROOM Movie THE DISASTER ARTIST

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James Franco’s movie about Tommy Wiseau is really happening, and he’s enlisted two unlikely screenwriters to pen the script.  Franco is set to direct and star in The Disaster Artist, which revolves around eccentric The Room writer/director/producer/star Tommy Wiseau, and now The Wrap reports that The Fault in Our Stars and The Spectacular Now screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber have been hired to pen the script.  They will be adapting the book of the same name by The Room actor Greg Sestero and journalist Tom Bissell, and Dave Franco is already attached to play Sestero in the film.

Franco describes his take as a “funny, heartfelt story about trying to make your dreams come true,” and I’m rather curious to see how he navigates the line between parody and earnestness in his chronicle of Wiseau’s path to making The Room—truly one of the most entertaining bad movies ever made.  More on The Disaster Artist movie after the jump.

Emma Watson Is in Mikael Nyqvist’s Grasp in First Image from Cult Thriller COLONIA

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The first image from director Florian Gallenberger’s thriller Colonia has been released, giving us our first look at Emma Watson in the film.  Based on the true story of the Colonia Dignidad, the film revolves around a young couple, played by Watson and Daniel Brühl, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973.  When Brühl’s character is abducted by the secret police, Watson’s character tracks him down to a sealed off area in the South known as Colonia Dignidad that is inhabited by a cult, lead by Mikael Nyqvist’s Paul Schäfer.  She subsequently joins the cult in order to find her husband.  This is certainly a very different kind of film for Watson, and indeed this first look image teases a rather tense relationship between her character and Nyqvist’s.  Production recently wrapped in Luxembourg and now moves on to Germany before finishing up in South America later this year.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Colonia image.  The film also stars Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, August Zirner, and Martin WuttkeColonia will be released in theaters in October 2015. 

Mark Rylance to Lead Steven Spielberg’s THE BFG

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Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is currently in production on his latest directorial feature, an untitled Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks, but he’s concurrently prepping his next directorial effort, The BFG.  Spielberg committed to shooting the Cold War thriller and The BFG back-to-back, and he is scheduled to begin filming the Roald Dahl adaptation in early 2015.  As such, Spielberg is starting to put together his cast for the family adventure, and the first addition has been announced: Mark RylanceVariety reports that the Tony Award-winning English actor will be filling the titular role of the Big Friendly Giant, though it’s unclear if his portrayal will involve prosthetics, motion-capture, or a mixture of the two.  More on The BFG movie after the jump.

Official FURIOUS 7 Poster Teases Vengeance

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Yesterday, Universal Pictures began the marketing campaign for the upcoming seventh Fast & Furious film by unveiling the official title—Furious 7—and a new banner, in addition to announcing that the official trailer will arrive this coming Saturday.  In keeping with the buildup to the trailer debut, Universal today released the first theatrical Furious 7 poster, which also reveals the film’s tagline: “Vengeance Hits Home.”  It’s a fairly standard teaser poster as the Furious 7 cast is obscured in the background, but I am very curious to see how director James Wan handles his first action film.  The production no doubt had its hurdles, but hopefully Wan and Co. were able to turn out a solid finished feature.

Hit the jump to check out the Furious 7 poster.  The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, and Kurt RussellFurious 7 opens in theaters on April 3, 2015.

THE BETTER ANGELS Trailer Offers a Look at the Early Life of Abraham Lincoln Through a Terrence Malick-esque Lens

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Amplify has released the first The Better Angels trailer for writer/director A.J. Edwards’ poetic drama about the early life of Abraham Lincoln.  From the opening seconds of this trailer, the film gives off a very strong Terrence Malick vibe, and indeed Malick produced the feature, as Edwards previously worked as an editor and second-unit director on some of Malick’s films.  Beyond the obvious comparisons, the black-and-white film looks to be a rather haunting and lyrical drama about the early life of one of the most influential U.S. Presidents in history, and as a fan of the Malick style myself, I’m looking forward to seeing what the full feature has in store.

Hit the jump to watch The Better Angels trailer.  The film stars Braydon Denney, Jason Clarke, Brit Marling, Diane Kruger, and Wes BentleyThe Better Angels opens in limited release on November 7th.

The Nolans Are Not Involved in the Upcoming DC Universe

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While there is an inherent rivalry between the Marvel film adaptations and the DC film adaptations, Warner Bros. has taken a few major pages out of Marvel Studios’ book when it comes to crafting its own DC universe.  It has the big team-up movie planned with a two-part Justice League event, it announced a full slate of superhero films that includes standalone features and sequels to existing properties, and its entire slate will exist within one singular universe.  Something Warner Bros. doesn’t have, though, is a Kevin Feige.  As the President of Marvel Studios, Feige produces every single one of Marvel’s films and is essentially the glue that holds the entire universe together.  He takes point on plotting out where the overall arc for the MCU will go, and ensures that there is strong connective tissue in each movie.

It’s not that Warner Bros. hasn’t tried to install its own Feige-type creative head, as the studio would’ve loved to have had Christopher Nolan stick around after the Dark Knight Trilogy and oversee the subsequent DC films, but Nolan’s brother Jonathan Nolan—who penned the script for The Dark Knight and co-wrote The Dark Knight Rises—recently confirmed that he and his brother have nothing to do with the upcoming DC Movie Universe.  More after the jump.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Write THE LEGO MOVIE 2

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Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller appear to be taking a bit of a well-deserved breather from the film world at the moment after essentially helming this year’s The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street simultaneously.  That both films turned out excellent speaks to their talent and wonderful sense of humor, and it’s no surprise that sequels to both are currently in development.  While the extent of Lord and Miller’s involvement in 23 Jump Street is unknown at this time, when it was first announced that The LEGO Movie 2 was in the works, we learned that Lord and Miller would remain involved in the franchise as producers while their animation co-director Chris McKay took point as director.  Now word comes that the duo will have a heavier hand in the film, as they have signed on to write the script for the highly anticipated LEGO Movie sequel.  More after the jump.

Jesse Eisenberg in Talks to Join the SUICIDE SQUAD as Lex Luthor

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As production is looking to wind down on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. is currently reading its third DC Comics film of the new era: Suicide Squad.  The project is in some ways an odd follow-up to Batman v Superman in that it doesn’t really feature any of the characters that casual fans might recognize, with Warner Bros. instead saving Wonder Woman, Aquaman, etc. for after Suicide SquadDavid Ayer, the writer/director behind Fury and End of Watch, is set to direct and is currently working on the script, and casting has begun with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy all in talks to play members of the titular group of supervillains.

But now it looks like Warner Bros. is keen on adding some connective tissue to Suicide Squad that will make it feel more like a piece of the DC Movie Universe, and it’s a pretty big development: the studio is now in negotiations with Jesse Eisenberg to bring his Lex Luthor character into the Suicide Squad fold.  More after the jump.

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